Air Canada reduces flights in July and August in response to travel congestion – National

Air Canada will make “significant cuts” to its flight schedule in July and August to deal with ongoing flight delays and airport congestion, according to a statement released Wednesday.

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In the emailed statement to customers, Air Canada President and CEO Michael Rousseau said the airline’s operations and its ability to serve customers with their normal standards of care have been impacted.

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Half of domestic flights to Canada’s major airports were delayed and canceled last week

“The COVID-19 pandemic brought the global air transportation system to a standstill in early 2020,” Rousseau said. “Now, after more than two years, global travel is resurgent and people are returning to flying at a rate unprecedented in our industry.”

He said the increase in travel “has created unprecedented and unforeseen strains on all aspects of the global aviation system” where airport demand exceeds the system’s capacity.

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In recent months, airports around the world have seen a travel boost as COVID-19 restrictions on travelers eased in many countries.

Analytics firm Data Wazo said Wednesday that 54 percent of flights to Canada’s four largest airports were either delayed or canceled over the past week, with Toronto Pearson Airport facing the biggest travel chaos.

Despite canceled flights, passengers also have to experience long waiting times at the border and baggage delays.

In addition, understaffing at airports and airlines has weighed on the travel industry.


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Passengers at Toronto Pearson Airport experience baggage congestion


Passengers at Toronto Pearson Airport experience baggage congestion

Rousseau said that although Air Canada has tried its best, including flexible ticketing policies, quick rentals and investments in aircraft and equipment, the airline’s operations are unable to meet the needs of its customers.

He added that Air Canada believes the decision to reduce flights could reduce passenger traffic to levels that the air transportation system can accommodate.

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“We are confident that these changes will deliver the desired improvements,” said Rousseau.

“But to raise expectations, it should also be clear that the real benefits of this action will take time and will only materialize gradually as the industry regains the reliability and resilience it had before the pandemic.”

— with files from The Canadian Press

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